Bernard Buffet, ‘Still Life’, Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg

About Bernard Buffet

Embodying Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism and Albert Camus’s Absurdism, Bernard Buffet’s painting conveyed the anxiety that permeated France during the Nazi occupation and came to dominate the post-war figurative art scene. A member of a group called L’Homme Témoin (The Witness) along with Bernard Lorjout and André Minaux, Buffet developed a realist style infused with social criticism, featuring a restrained palette and black outlines. He is best known for his grim “Horror of War” series and myriad streetscapes and interior scenes populated by angular, emotionless figures. Self-portraits, religious scenes, still lifes also figure among his oeuvre, which extends to lithography, engraving, and sculpture. While Buffet continued to enjoy success as a commercial artist until a debilitating illness prompted him to commit suicide, his work fell out of favor among critics in the 1960s and remains relatively unknown.

French, 1928-1999, Paris, France, based in Paris, France

Solo Shows on Artsy

Bernard Buffet, Opera Gallery, New York
Bernard Buffet "L'atelier", Opera Gallery, London
Bernard Buffet - The Theory of Line, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong

Group Shows on Artsy

M.S. Rau Antiques Spring Show 2017, M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans
Famous Prints of the 20th Century, GALLERY SHCHUKIN, New York
Masters of Distinction, Opera Gallery, Singapore
Icons of Art II, Opera Gallery, Dubai